Android Shipments to Overtake RIM, iOS in 2010

Android Shipments to Overtake RIM, iOS in 2010
According to a new report from Gartner, Android is poised to become the number 2 in shipment of open mobile operating system worldwide in 2010, overtaking both Blackberry OS from RIM and iOS from Apple. Another report from IDC offers quite a similar forecast even if less bullish on the Android share gain compared to its competitors.

Gartner expects manufacturers such as Samsung to launch many new budget Android devices in 2H10 that will drive Android into mass market segments. Other players, such as Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola, will follow a similar strategy. This trend should help Android become the top OS in North America by the end of 2010.

Gartner also expects Android to challenge Nokia’s Symbian for supremacy by 2014.

"The worldwide mobile OS market is dominated by four players: Symbian, Android, Research In Motion and iOS," said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Launches of updated operating systems — such as Apple iOS 4, BlackBerry OS 6, Symbian 3 and Symbian 4, and Windows Phone 7 — will help maintain strong growth in smartphones in 2H10 and 2011 and spur innovation. However, we believe that market share in the OS space will consolidate around a few key OS providers that have the most support from communication service providers and developers and strong brand awareness with consumer and enterprise customers."

Android Shipments to Overtake RIM, iOS in 2010

Tuesday, September 14th 2010

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